JC basketball: Fresno City teams earn No. 2 seeds for NorCal Regional

The Fresno BeeFebruary 24, 2014 

Fresno City College coach Ed Madec and his Rams men's basketball team will launch their 2014 postseason run March 1 when they face Foothill or De Anza in the Northern California Regional.


Fresno City College earned No. 2 seeds Monday for the men's and women's Northern California Regional basketball playoffs, with a doubleheader set for Saturday at the Rams gym.

The men (28-2) will face the winner of the outbracket game between No. 15 Foothill (14-12) and No. 18 De Anza (13-12) at 7:30 p.m.

Fresno City’s Chris Ashanti and Rich Tesmer shared Central Valley Conference Player of the Year honors in voting released over the weekend. The Rams’ Ed Madec was Coach of the Year and Colton Hafey was named to the first team.

NorCal and CVC Player of the Year Keyora Wharry (24.0 ppg, 13.2 rebounds) leads the Rams women (26-3), who will face No. 15 Laney or No. 18 American River at 5:30 p.m.

Fresno City’s Brian Tessler is the CVC women’s co-Coach of the Year with Merced’s Allen Huddleston; the Rams’ Nina Gregory (third-team All-State) and Chay Coffman were all-conference first-team picks.

City College of San Francisco (27-1) is top-seeded among the men in NorCal. Delta (24-5) is the women's top seed.

Antelope Valley (26-4) and Ventura (27-3) are Southern California's top-seeded men's and women's teams, respectively.

Madec's men's wrapped up another CVC title Saturday, finishing 11-1. The Rams' losses this season include an early-season tournament game against a Sierra team that didn't even make the playoffs and to College of the Sequoias in the CVC.

Fresno City and San Francisco missed squaring off in their own tournaments in December -- CCSF losing a semifinal of the tourney it hosted and Fresno falling in the opening round of its tournament to Sierra.

The Rams women won their seventh straight outright CVC title under Tessler, going 11-1 with the lone loss a home stunner against Merced, which earned an eighth seed.

Merced also topped the Fresno City women at the Rams' women's tournament. The Rams' other loss was 82-79 in overtime to Delta in the second game of the season.

Sequoias men (15-13) are seeded No. 11 and will visit No. 6 Ohlone (22-6) on Friday. The COS women (23-6) are at No. 6 and host No. 11 Diablo Valley (19-10) on Saturday.

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